Major League Soccer’s Transfer Window closed last night, so let’s see who is in and who is out.
Philadelphia Lands Bedoya
Clearly, the biggest capture in the window came when the Union bolstered its midfield by enticing the U.S. international home from Nantes in France.
The 29-year old has spent his entire pro career in Europe since signing with Swedish club Orebro out of Boston College in 2009.
Bedoya isn’t the flashiest player and doesn’t score a lot of goals but the tireless and versatile midfielder is a quality player and should be a positive addition to the fourth place Union.
2) Where is Castillo?
Turkey, for now, according to a Sports Illustrated report.
Fabian Castillo, the Colombian speedster has been an MLS star in Dallas for the past couple of seasons and has been repeatedly linked with a big money move away from Texas.
It was no surprise then when Castillo was seen posing with a Trabzonspor jersey last week in Turkey. There was one problem, though, no deal had been agreed between the clubs.
When GotSoccer attended Sunday’s FCD match versus Vancouver in Frisco, Texas, Dallas coach Oscar Pareja was still hoping that Castillo would be returning to practice on Tuesday.
Pareja seemed to genuinely not know how the then evolving Castillo saga would play out, sure only that, “there has not been an agreement between the clubs.”
Now it seems a deal is in place with SI’s Brian Strauss reporting today that Castillo will join Trabzonspor for the rest of the 2016 season for a transfer fee of around $3 million. SI adds that the Turkish club will owe Dallas additional fees in January, otherwise, Castillo could again be an FCD man.
3) Seattle Sign Playmaker
In the midst of an awful season that has already cost longtime coach Sigi Schmidt his job, the Seattle Sounders finally got some good news with the signing of Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro.
The hope in Seattle is that Lodeiro’s presence will spark a goal scoring revival from Clint Dempsey, who has only three goals for the Sounders in 2016.
The addition of a new Designated Player came too late for Schmid and it may also have been completed too late to save Seattle’s playoff hopes but if Lodeiro is as good as Settle believe him to be then better days may be ahead for the Sounders.
4) Red Bulls New DP
The new Red Bulls model has been to eschew big names and big money in favor of shrewd signings of players that fit into the Ali Curtis/Jesse Marsch team-first ethos, so it is no surprise then that Omer Damari, the club’s new DP signing, comes in on loan for the rest of the season.
Damari is an Israeli international striker who has been on loan to Austrian Bundesliga side Salzburg from Germany’s RB Leipzig, a partner club of the New York Red Bulls in the Austrian energy drinks stable.
Damari is a former teammate of the Red Bulls other new signing midfielder Daniel Royer, the two lined out together for Austria Wien. Royer comes to the Red Bulls on a transfer from Danish side FC Midtjylland.
5) Charlie Davies Beats Cancer- Then Traded to Philadelphia
Other than the timing here is no relationship between the two events. Davies announced on July 30 that he had been diagnosed with a rare cancer called liposarcoma, treated for the disease and declared cancer free, all in recent months.
Davies has of course undergone some extremely trying times in his 30 years beginning with a car crash in 2009 that cost the driver of the car Davies was in her life and left Davies with numerous injuries that derailed a highly promising career.
Davies eventually returned from his injuries but he has never recaptured the form that had U.S. MNT fans so excited in the run up to the 2010 World Cup.
In March Charlie’s wife Nina gave birth to twin boys three months early and Davies shared the babies struggle to get healthy on social media. Then with the children on the mend Davies received yet another shock. The cancer diagnosis.
Davies reported himself all clear and Philadelphia are happy to add the still speedy striker to its roster. Also going to Philadelphia in the deal is the Revolutions 3rd round pick in the 2018 SuperDraft with New England receiving General and Targeted Allocation Money and the Unions first round pick on the 2018 SuperDraft.